Council Connect

Strong, responsive, socially and environmentally responsible local government is vital to building fair, prosperous and healthy communities. That is why having a constructive relationship with the City of Charles Sturt is a crucial objective for WACRA. While we may not always agree with Council’s approach, we are confident we share the same overall aim. We see ourselves as a critical friend of Council.

Who

Deb Cashel, Paul Laris

If you have issues of concern related to Charles Sturt Council please first raise it with Council (phone 8408 1111). You may also wish to talk with your local ward councillor.

If you would like to talk with WACRA about a council-related issue, contact (email) Paul Laris.

SMART goals

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Time bound

  1. Establish regular meetings with the Mayor and CEO to discuss issues of concern and to report outcomes to the membership
  2. Meet regularly with elected members for wards in our area (Semaphore Park, Grange, Henley)
  3. Hold Council to the Quality Assurance Standard for community and stakeholder engagement (IAP2)

Projects (from SMART goals)

  1. Planning & Design Code
    WACRA is a founding member of the Community Alliance of SA, a peak body for residents associations and community groups concerned with urban planning, design, the built environment and urban ecology. WACRA has been working with and within CASA to analyse the SA Government’s proposed Planning and Design Code. We are distressed at the prospect of these new regulations that appear to make it much easier for developers while reducing the voice of local government and excluding residents from having any say in how the built environment develops. Currently these ‘reforms’ are on hold till September 2020, but if implemented they threaten to encourage urban infill without consideration of adequate public transport, equitable access to housing, loss of green space, destruction of built heritage and the quality of community life.
  2. Council’s role: COVID-19 & beyond with job creation and community services
    Council has released a strategic plan and budget for 2020-2021 while at the same time acknowledging that there will need to be major revisions under the pandemic. WACRA believes the community should be involved in discussions about about new priorities for local government under COVID-19. We see this as both democratic and basic to sensible planning.
  3. Public Consultation Policy
    WACRA is very concerned that recent changes to Council’s Public Consultation Policy fail to meet the internationally recognised Standards set out in IAP2. In April 2020 Council took advantage of emergency COVID-19 amendments to regulations under the Local Government Act to enable Council to enact its revised Public Consultation Policy without any public consultation! Kafka would be impressed. WACRA will continue to call for proper public consultation policies and processes.
  4. WACRA History Book
    Over the last 14 months WACRA has been collecting the testimonies of community activists who have been involved in the campaigns of WACRA and its predecessors over the last 50 years. These stories have been collected and with added contemporary photographs are being shaped into what will shortly be released via this web site as an electronic book for free download. We are hoping to also have a ‘print on demand’ facility for hard copies.